Rocket & Me

Discussion in 'Battle Scooters' started by CashCow, Mar 31, 2019.

  1. CROSSBOLT

    CROSSBOLT Been here awhile

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    Stumbled on this thread this morning! What a great addition to this VERY ACTIVE forum! I met one guy in person that does this for North Alabama and South Central and East Tennessee: klaviator. Hevalso lurks and posts on kymcoforum.com. Takes stunning pictures like you do, Bill! Met him a couple of years ago in Huntsville when I scooted down there for a "Hamfest," a convention for amateur radio nuts.

    Scooters these days are quite different and more widely varied than in 1960 when I started riding motoecycles. Would not have considered scooter then!

    I got bad karma over at MV when I responded to the question, "Has covid109 affected your riding," or some such to which I answered, "Absolutely not! It is all about making it Trump's fault," and I was at the top of THE list! But I've been real good for awhile and actually have received one up check!

    This thread is great like all the stuff on here!
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  2. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    The riders needed a butt break.

    I passed a couple of gas stations, but Garmin promised one 10 miles further ahead, putting us 50 miles from our hotel.

    As I approached, there was nothing there.

    Then nothing for another 30 miles until we came across this station in Lorida.

    Luckily, the gang is still speaking to me.

    The troubles of being a ride leader.

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  3. CROSSBOLT

    CROSSBOLT Been here awhile

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    Yeah, you the BAD MAN if you lead the formation into flameout!
  4. Salth2ofish

    Salth2ofish Long timer

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    Looks like a great day for a ride with a nice group of scoots. Everyone make it on fuel to the station?
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  5. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    We all filled up in Clewiston, so only 70 miles to Lorida.

    Then only 23 more to the Jacaranda.

    So all made it easily.

    Bill
  6. dp064

    dp064 Been here awhile Supporter

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    The Jacaranda looks like a really cool hotel!
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  7. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    I love it.

    Ken found it years ago. I have been meeting up with him there for the past few years.

    It is old and a little worn, but clean and full of character.

    The staff is friendly and the location surrounded by some of Florida’s best natural beauty.

    Across the street is 18 East, a surprisingly fine restaurant where I only had take out Ahi Tuna this visit.

    Some good taquerias within blocks and a breakfast place one block away means that good food is readily available.

    The virus made it more difficult this time, but it all worked out.

    I highly recommend it.

    But don’t expect to find a Ritz Carlton.

    Bill
  8. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    The last day.

    We left the hotel at 7:35.

    I led to Groveland where I turned the lead over to Russ while I high tailed it home.

    One three minute stop for fuel in Salt Springs and home at 12:30.

    I enjoyed the trip.

    Bill


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  9. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner Supporter

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    Welcome home
    Another successful voyage
    So happy everything was perfect
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  10. Salth2ofish

    Salth2ofish Long timer

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    glad you guys had s great ride!! What was the total trip mileage? Whatever it was it seemed like the perfect weather and time riding.
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  11. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    Yes, the weather was great.

    Especially this morning with a low sun.

    I had fun and I think the others did too.

    It was the first big ride ever where I didn’t have a camera hanging from a lanyard around my neck, so no riding photos. I Missed some nice shots, but sort of liked not having it.

    I believe I covered between 850 and 900 miles on the Rocketship.

    Bill
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  12. Salth2ofish

    Salth2ofish Long timer

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    Wow!!!
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  13. dp064

    dp064 Been here awhile Supporter

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    What he said.. 900 miles is a heck of a trip! Glad the weather held up and you all had a great time!
    Don
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  14. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    The Seven Bridges Scooter Club does two of these in every normal year.

    They used to be longer than this one.

    In 2012, seven riders did a big loop including the Natchez Trace Parkway, covering over 2000 miles.

    I have missed some since then, but they include several Amerivespas and mountain rides.

    So this distance is nothing special for this club.

    As for me, also nothing particularly long.

    It is the typical length of the Oyster Tours, that I take with Ken several times a year.

    These tours sometimes go to Avon Park, a 220 mile ride down for me.

    They also go to Apalachicola, a 250 mile ride.

    Sometimes just to Newberry, 80 miles for me, but we ride around the area and usually rack up 300 to 400 miles total.

    Not to mention Scooter Cannonball Runs and last year's tour of New England. Those are all 3000 to 4000 mile trips.

    Bill
  15. minimac

    minimac Long timer

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    Glad to see Rocket performed as well as ever!
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  16. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    Honestly, it performed better than ever.

    After Chris replaced the silent blocks and steering head bearings, the chassis is strong with everything working well.

    I changed the belt and rollers, along with an oil and filter change a couple of weeks ago.

    And I balanced the front wheel before embarking, making the ride smooth as glass.

    While the scooter has 96,000+ miles on it, I have put 24,000 miles on the replacement engine that had 6,000 on it when installed.

    It runs flawlessly with plenty of power while being solid and smooth on the road.

    It is an amazing scooter.

    Bill
  17. fledermaus55

    fledermaus55 Adventurer

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    Your Taliesin sticker caught my eye. Think I've heard of that place, lol.
    Glad you're having a blast with your new old scooter.
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  18. CashCow

    CashCow Rocketeer

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    I posted back in July about our friends John and Ken.

    They were interested in scooters, so Sarah and I took Vanessa and the Zuma to a big parking lot at Florida State College of Jacksonville so they could test them out.

    Last month, Ken bought a PCX. He and I took one short, rainy ride.

    He was asking about my Xmax last week, wanting to borrow it to see if it was a good one for him.

    We never got it to him, and he sent a text today saying he had bought a 2020 Xmax.

    He is riding the PCX to St. Augustine to trade for the Xmax tomorrow.

    His problem with the PCX was that it was too slow for him on US17.

    The Xmax will take care of that.

    Bill
  19. wbdvt

    wbdvt Been here awhile

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    Great! keep bringing in people to the addiction of scooters!
  20. ClearwaterBMW

    ClearwaterBMW The Examiner Supporter

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    Great choice, of course
    Hope he loves it as much as we love ours